VGM Offers ZIP Code File for Probable Bidding Areas
The CMS competitive bid website posted, albeit for a short time, a listing of the 10 "Competitive Bid Areas". The website, however, now remains "under construction".
In any case, while we await further information relative to the website, the ten MSAs were listed, in order, as:
1. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC;
2. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN;
3. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH;
4. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX;
5. Kansas City, MO-KS;
6. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL;
7. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA;
8. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL;
9. Pittsburgh, PA;
10. San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR.
On a related note, for a short period of time Friday morning the website remained "password restricted", requiring a User ID log-in. That feature, however, was removed at about 11:00 a.m. CDT.
Please see ZIP Code Competitive Acquisition Area (CBA) Reference File Below
For a copy of the CMS competitive bidding website page, click here.
VGM`s John Gallagher commented the inclusion of both the Cleveland and Cincinnati areas – coupled with the exclusion of Houston and Atlanta markets – is likely a surprise to industry analysts.
In addition, VGM will be hosting several competitive bidding preparation seminars in these MSAs. Additional information relative to the MSAs, the CMS competitive bidding website, and the final rule will follow shortly.
ZIP Code Reference
Several providers have contacted VGM and inquired as to whether “their patient service area zip codes” are included in one of the ten MSAs. HME providers should be aware that the proposed rule allows CMS to include certain ZIPS adjacent to an MSA (but not within it, per the U.S. Census boundary) if, among other things, it is considered an appropriate patient/provider service area. (CMS may also exclude certain ZIPS if deemed as non-competitive or rural.) Accordingly, the following ZIP Code cross reference file does NOT ensure competitive acquisition area inclusion.